Frank Defends His Decision

Congressman Barney Frank announced Monday that he would not be seeking re-election, and on Tuesday he faced the media at the Capitol to defend his record, and his decision to step down from reporters who were quick to speculate about his reasons for leaving.

Congressman Frank has lead the way with legislation to make online gambling legal –  that of which I have a very strong personal interest in —  so I’m a little nervous now who will carry the torch in efforts to make online poker legal now!! 🙁

 

Congressman BARNEY FRANK speaks to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Congressman BARNEY FRANK speaks to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Congressman BARNEY FRANK prepares to speak to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Congressman BARNEY FRANK prepares to speak to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Congressman BARNEY FRANK speaks to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Congressman BARNEY FRANK speaks to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Wall Street Journal – Photos of the Day

The Wall Street Journal recently picked up this photo for their “Photos of the Day” Blog – Check it out here.

Workers help unload the official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol as it arrives from California.  This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Workers help unload the official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol as it arrives from California. This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

And you think your Christmas Tree is a pain…

118 years old, and 63 foot tall – this Sierra White Fir from California will serve as the official Capitol Christmas Tree this year.  It is quite an ordeal to get this monster into place!

 

Workers help unload the official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol as it arrives from California.  This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Workers help unload the official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol as it arrives from California. This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Workers help unload the official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol as it arrives from California.  This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Workers help unload the official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol as it arrives from California. This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

The official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol is hoisted into place at after a long journey by truck from California.  This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

The official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol is hoisted into place at after a long journey by truck from California. This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Workers help place the official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol as it arrives from California.  This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Workers help place the official Christmas Tree at the US Capitol as it arrives from California. This year's Capitol Christmas tree is 118 years old, 63 feet tall and weighs 8300 pounds. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Does anyone really call it Reagan National Airport?

Maybe it is just me – because I grew up in the Washington area —  but does anyone really refer to the airport just outside of Washington as Reagan National?  I guess I’m just so used to calling it “National Airport” – that trying to call it by another name seems odd.  I do the same thing with BWI – err…  Baltimore International Airport — err… I mean, the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington International Airport — wow, that was a mouth-full.

Anyway – possibly in an effort to get people to start recognizing National Airport as Reagan National Airport – the airport decided to unveil a statue of Ronald Reagan in front of the old terminal recently, and I got some stock requests for updated shots of the airport given this new unveiling — so off I went.  Not surprisingly, I was approached by numerous TSA employees while I was there —  but to my surprise, all of them were happy to help me and let me go about my business.  To be honest, I was prepared for a fight — I 100% thought they were going to try to tell me not to take photos!

 

A statue of Ronald Reagan stands outside of the Ronald Reagan International Airport.  The public airport located 3 south of downtown Washington, D.C., in Arlington County, Virginia.  It is the commercial airport nearest to Washington, D.C. For many decades, it was called Washington National Airport, but this airport was renamed in 1998 to honor former President Ronald Reagan. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

A statue of Ronald Reagan stands outside of the Ronald Reagan International Airport. The public airport located 3 south of downtown Washington, D.C., in Arlington County, Virginia. It is the commercial airport nearest to Washington, D.C. For many decades, it was called Washington National Airport, but this airport was renamed in 1998 to honor former President Ronald Reagan. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)